[ sal-uh-veyt ]
/ ˈsæl əˌveɪt /

verb (used without object), sal·i·vat·ed, sal·i·vat·ing.

to produce saliva.

verb (used with object), sal·i·vat·ed, sal·i·vat·ing.

to produce an excessive secretion of saliva in, as by mercurial poisoning.

Origin of salivate

1650–60; < Latin salīvātus (past participle of salīvāre to cause to salivate); see saliva, -ate1

Related forms

un·sal·i·vat·ed, adjectiveun·sal·i·vat·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for salivating


/ (ˈsælɪˌveɪt) /


(intr) to secrete saliva, esp an excessive amount
(tr) to cause (a laboratory animal, etc) to produce saliva, as by the administration of mercury

Derived Forms

salivation, noun
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Medicine definitions for salivating


[ sălə-vāt′ ]


To secrete or produce saliva.
To produce excessive salivation in.
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